The Internet is all a-Twitter
today about the killing of a security guard by an elderly white-supremacist whacko at the Holocaust Museum yesterday in DC. The blogosphere
and even mainstream news outlets
are somehow contorting this tragedy into a vindication of the recent report
by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. The report warned that “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
Not surprisingly, this report deeply offended
many veterans. (And after a great public outcry, Napolitano apologized
.) Now, to hear major news outlets claiming yesterday's shooting vindicates the report, because the shooter was a veteran of WWII is doubly offensive. Especially considering that the killer claimed to have "fought for the wrong side" in the war and held many other opinions that are directly contrary to what this country stands for.
Vindication? I don't think so.
Hatred is hatred, whatever it's political color or motivation. Playing political football with deranged killers does no honor to our heroes - men like Holocaust museum security guard Stephen T. Johns
. Nor does it honor the sacrifice and selfless service of our men and women in uniform.